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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 23 Deadline for Applications for Fall Graduates 
November 7 Prospective Graduates Meeting
November 15 Deadline for Applications for Spring Graduates

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
    February 21
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) and MFT (Major Fields Tests)
    April 8-12 
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
    April 10
March 1-30  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
March 2  Herff Jones Visit (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center (Library Lobby)
Herff Jones visit to view selections and answer questions about ordering caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames and more.
March 12 Prospective Graduates Meeting 
April 1  Start Graduation Clearance Process
Canceled University Awards Day (11:00 a.m.) 
April 27 Final Exam Begin for Prospective Graduates
May 1 - May 9 Final Clearance Process
TBD Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
TBD Senior Sunday Service (12:30 p.m.) 
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel
(Mandatory for all prospective graduates. Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors’ journey through Shaw University.)
Commencement Rehearsal (2:00 p.m.)

(Mandatory for all prospective graduates who plan to participate in Commencement. Prospective Graduates should report to the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in order to pick up name cards, honor cords and to line up for the procession. Students should bring their hood and cap only.)

Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel 
(Mandatory for all prospective graduates)
TBD Commencement Exercise (10:00 a.m.)  
(Graduates are required to arrive and report to the Spaulding Gymnasium for line up at 7:30 a.m. dressed in full academic regalia)